Ductless Systems

Ductless Air Conditioning Installation St Pete | What is Ductless AC?

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How Does Ductless Cooling Work?

This is one of the questions our technicians at St. Pete Air Conditioning & Heating are asked the most often.  it’s really a lot like a conventional central air unit. Refrigerant moves through a refrigerant line from the air handler to the outside unit. As air from your home moves into the air handler—a unit mounted high up on the wall—the fan blows it past the inside coil and heat absorbs into the refrigerant gas. The coil cools, and air blows over it into the room. The refrigerant travels to the outside condenser unit where heat releases as it turns into a liquid.

We  install the outside unit, mount the indoor air handler(s) to the wall, and drill a hole so that the refrigerant line can go through. There may be up to four air handlers for any single condenser unit, and each gets its own thermostat and is typically also controlled by a master thermostat.

The Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioning Installation

These systems often rate more efficiently than some of their ducted counterparts. And the systems we install are heat pumps, meaning they can be used for ductless heating and cooling. One final benefit (among many) is that a ductless air conditioning system has thermostats around the house which means your family members get zone control—the ability to change the temperature in one room without any complaints from members of the household in other rooms.

Ductless units are highly durable. Provided you give it the attention it needs (we recommend scheduling maintenance services once or twice a year), your ductless cooling system should remain in excellent shape for years to come. Additionally, most ductless cooling systems have a very long lifespan. 

The main advantages of mini splits are their small size and flexibility for zoning or heating and cooling individual rooms. Many models can have as many as four indoor air handling units (for four zones or rooms) connected to one outdoor unit. The number depends on how much heating or cooling is required for the building or each zone (which in turn is affected by how well the building is insulated). Each of the zones will have its own thermostat, so you only need to condition that space when it is occupied, saving energy and money.

  • Hot and Cold Rooms
  • Additions/Renovations
  • Enclosed Patios
  • Homes Without Space for Ductwork
  • Larger, Multi-Zone Living Spaces

Since mini splits have no ducts, they avoid the energy losses associated with ductwork of central forced air systems. Duct losses can account for more than 30% of energy consumption for space conditioning, especially if the ducts are in an unconditioned space such as an attic.

Compared with other add-on systems, mini splits offer more flexibility in interior design options. The indoor air handlers can be suspended from a ceiling, mounted flush into a drop ceiling, or hung on a wall. Many also offer a remote control to make it easier to turn the system on and off when it's positioned high on a wall or suspended from a ceiling.

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A zoned system separates the ductwork of your home into specific areas, allowing you to change the temperature of these areas independently. It’s a great option for spaces that tend to have major temperature differences – for example, if you have a room with a significantly higher ceiling than the rest of the house, or if there are rooms that tend to get more sunlight than others. It can also allow you to control the temperature of rooms that aren’t used as often, providing a lot of flexibility in your heating and cooling system.

Mitsubishi Electric ductless cooling and heating technology offers a welcome alternative to the traditional systems, because it focuses on individual rooms and living spaces rather than on a central air system, it's more energy-efficient, more flexible, and easier to install - as proven by decades of successful use around the world. It is not surprising that ductless is the fastest growing segment of the American air conditioning and heating market. Find out more about Ductless Air Conditioning Units and if this solution is right for your living space! Call the professional technicians at St. Pete Air Conditioning & Heating 727.521.2001.